AMERICAN SAMOA U'UNA'I LEGAL SERVICES GETS $370,220 FEDERAL GRANT TOPROVIDE LEGAL ASSISTANCE

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CONGRESSMAN ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA American Samoa U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

NEWS RELEASE August 3, 2000

AMERICAN SAMOA U‘UNA‘I LEGAL SERVICES GETS $370,220 FEDERAL GRANT TO PROVIDE LEGAL ASSISTANCE

Congressman Eni Faleomavaega announced today that the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs has awarded the U‘una‘i Legal Services Corporation in American Samoa a $370,220.00 grant to provide direct legal services to victims of domestic violence in American Samoa. The grant is made under the DOJ's Domestic Violence Victims' Legal Assistance Program, which recognizes that domestic violence throws lives into chaos and that long-term assistance is needed for women to secure lives that are free of violence and its effects. The grant also represents the second half of a three-year grant period that will end December 30, 2001.

"The intent of the program is to strengthen civil legal assistance provided to battered women through innovative, collaborative projects that include legal clinics, legal aid or legal services programs, shelters for battered women, Bar associations and other entities," Congressman Faleomavaega said.

"Under this grant, the services provided by the U‘una‘i Legal Services are subsidized by the Federal government and I hope that our people will take full advantage of them," Faleomavaega continued.

Terms of the grant indicate that the U‘una‘i Legal Services Corporation (ULSC) will use the funds to hire additional staff; provide information to the public about the ULSC services through local media and community service organizations; provide presentations to local service, educational, village, church, and sports organizations; publish and distribute bi-lingual brochures describing the ULSC and outlining the legal rights of victims; and organizing formal seminars through the American Samoa Bar Association.

"I am very pleased with the success of the U‘una‘i Legal Services Corporation in obtaining more federal funding so it could provide this type of assistance to our people in American Samoa," Congressman Faleomavaega said.

"Obviously, the ULSC has satisfied the mid-term review by the DOJ as indicated by the release of this grant and I congratulate Ms. Virginia Sudbury and Mr. Scott McPhee for doing a great job."

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